Photographed by Luke Ding —— click for full post
Aside from sipping on hot peach and passion fruit-flavoured tea and watching a video of a man getting some morning love from two young male lions (it’s absolutely heartwarming), I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Mostly about my career and my relationship, and a bit of everything else in between.
Given the state of the world we’re in right now, we’re fortunate enough to have such an abundant array of choices at our fingertips, laid out right in front of us like a delectable buffet just waiting to be tucked into. That being said, there’s such a myriad of them to the extent of being practically limitless that we actually tend to face more difficulty in making proper, concrete decisions and following that, standing by said decisions —— although adaptability is another story altogether. We flounder and waver in indecision, and more often than not, end up settling for something other than what we actually want, compromising in the process, when as a matter of fact, it has never been more imperative to decide on and go for what you truly want as compared to settling or pursuing and living out someone else’s desires instead of your own. The day I realised that, was the day I no longer chose to settle.
But that’s not to say I don’t waver in my resolve anymore. I still do, at times. But I’m making the effort to strengthen it more and more, day by day. It’s hardly the easiest thing to do, especially when there’s so much adversity around, coiled and ready to strike at any given opportunity. But it’s all a test of character in the end, and it’s what separates the outliers from the masses, brilliance from mediocrity —— amongst other things. Either way, I’ll be going for the gold, and nothing less.
Emergence by Sayaka Ganz
I love how there’s such strength and movement portrayed in these works of art, and how the sculptures look like wild phantom stallions charging through an (initially) calm, collected space.
Light by Sayaka Ganz
Phantom Limb by Odani Motohiko
And of course, a unicorn in the heart of an exotic forest. What’s not to love?
Picture credits to Sayaka Ganz and Odani Motohiko respectively
I was thinking about the way we live our lives. I’ve been thinking about this as a play. People live their lives in this very tight, little bubble. Interestingly, if you look at life today, computer games have never been bigger. Computer games are huge. People are addicted to them. They love them. Why? Because computer games allow you to go into different worlds and to do all of these different things, and there’re all these endless, different opportunities.
Well, if you look at life, imagine for a moment that we are all just our own avatars. Every single one of us is controlling the body that we’re in right now. But this isn’t real. This is all a game. And everything around you is set up just for your enjoyment. Everything around you is just for your enjoyment and your entertainment. The lighting that you see, and the glare of that. That’s just for you. The way the floor is designed, and the texture. The texture of the pen that you hold. The paper that you feel. The smell that you smell right now that you didn’t even notice before. It’s all set up just to be an intricate game for you.
And even the people in this room, they’re all just cameos. They’re all just cameos in your life. They’re all set up just so that they can have histories that are interesting to you, to listen to. They’re all set up just so they can lead lives that you want to hear about, and just explain things to you. And that’s just the people and the things in this room. We step outside this room and there are people walking around all over the city that are just here for you. They’re just there for you to talk to, and for you to engage with, and find out the history of.
And every door leads to somewhere. In the city, every door leads to somewhere else. Open the door, lead somewhere. Open the door, lead somewhere. And that’s just in the city. There are other cities like this. And then so if we get bored of this game, we get to go and play the game somewhere else. We get to go and do it all again somewhere else, with different cultures and different worlds and different experiences. If life was like that, we wouldn’t be able to go to bed late enough. We wouldn’t be able to wake up early enough. We’d never want to sleep. We’d want to just go out and go everywhere, and do everything. You’d want to meet everyone. It’s the game.
You wouldn’t care, because it’s all part of this elaborate entertainment system. That is actually the life that we have. That actually exists for us. We get to do that. And we don’t. Every day, we lead the same life. We do the same stuff. We avoid situations that scare us. We avoid new experiences. We do the same stuff again, and again, and again. The same habits, the same routines.—— Matthew Hussey on what one of his esteemed colleagues said